Arctic saga – exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes
and Jan Mayen | 14 days
Travel in midnight sunlight to some of the most remote islands on the planet, which only a handful of adventurers have ever explored. Sailing across the North Atlantic, immerse yourself in the region’s rugged beauty and whaling and Viking history, with visits to the awe-inspiring and unspoiled Fair Isle, the Faroe Islands, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen. Towering fjords, massive glaciers, soaring sea stacks and coastal cliffs teem with thousands of seabirds, such as the Atlantic puffin. There’s an astonishing diversity of wildlife from Svalbard reindeer to dolphins, seals and whales and continuous daylight for part of the voyage optimises your chances to spot them in their natural habitat - day or night!
Ship: Ocean Endeavour
30 April – 13 May 2020
Guide price:£5,350 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities)
Options:The ship retraces her route back: Four Arctic islands to Jan Mayen and then on to Greenland and Iceland in August 2020.
Fiona’s travel tipsBEST TIME TO GO: May and June for the best weather.
MIDGES: Unfortunately the first midges start to appear in Scotland early June and can be around right up to the end of October! However they don’t like strong sunlight, breezes or white or light clothing. Wearing protective clothing and repellents will help keep them at bay.
“It was an epic holiday, very well organised.”
David and Elizabeth Manning, Spitsbergen in winter, February 2019
“My Noorderlicht trip was superb and everything went like clockwork as I knew it would.”
Jane Hamilton, Sail North Norway, February 2019
“Particular thanks to Fiona for her courtesy, professionalism and help with booking flights back to Edinburgh. Pre-departure information very good. Excellent handling of last-minute changes caused by change of vessel.”
“Weather – very good. Scenery – spectacular. Wildlife sightings – excellent. Boat – extremely comfortable. Expedition staff – mostly extremely good. Atmosphere – friendly and convivial on the whole. We had very good service from all at Arcturus and the result was one of the most memorable and enjoyable holidays we have ever had.”
Mr and Mrs John Nugée, Scottish Islands, North Atlantic and Spitsbergen, June 2011
“Deepest thanks for all your kindness and help before departure and to lovely staff on board.”
Alison Lambie, St Kilda, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen (Plancius)
“Weather – very good. Scenery – spectacular. Wildlife sightings – excellent. Boat – extremely comfortable. Expedition staff - mostly extremely good. Atmosphere – friendly and convivial on the whole. The result was one of the more memorable and enjoyable holidays we have ever had.”
Mr and Mrs John Nugée, North Rona, Faroes, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen (Plancius)